42. Clearing Winter Storm

Photographer: Ansel Adams

Year: 1944

Location: Yosemite Valley

Casualties: NA

Ansel Adams' career, legacy, and bountiful Estate are built on his brand of super crisp, contemplative landscape photography. His even keel is unfaltering, Clearing Winter Storm shows a panorama of storm clouds over Yosemite Valley that, instead of churning and slithering as winter weather does, seem to hover calmly. Adams has a way of freezing them, so to speak, making even a moving storm appear like a still life. Undoubtedly, that subdued, abiding, uncontroversial quality is what makes this picture so popular on guidance counselor's office walls the world over, as well as what makes it stand apart from other takes on weather photography.